Autumn trapping of Golden Plover and Song Thrush opens

Credit: Birdlife Malta

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The autumn trapping season for the Golden Plover and the Song Thrush has opened, the Parliamentary Secretariat for Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Rights, has announced.

According to two legal notices, trappers will be allowed to trap Song Thrushes from October 20th until 31st December 2019. In the latter case, Golden Plovers can be trapped from 1st November until the 10th January 2020.

Trappers are expected to report birds they trap in order to meet the national quota.

They state that once the quota of 5,000 Song Thrush and 700 Golden Plover are caught, the trapping period must end.

Birdlife Malta has criticised the amendments, particularly the smaller size of the net to capture Song Thrush.

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‘The changes brought about this season are nothing but meant to appease the trapping lobby by increasing the catch effort of this highly unsustainable practice: (a) a smaller mesh size increases the probability of catching birds, including smaller birds like finches; (b) a longer season by 10 days means that nets will be utilised across the Maltese countryside for a longer period thus catching more birds.’

They add that the changes were made following complaints to the European Commission, that their catch in 2018 was insufficient.

‘In the meantime, no new changes have been introduced with respect to enforcement, as we have yet to see another wave of illegal trapping hit Malta and Gozo in the coming weeks.’

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